What an honor, what an event...and so much more! There is nothing that compares to your first art show. For me, it felt like "my" Academy Awards--complete with the "Green Room" after party! (which had it's challenges too!) Ahhhh...those challenges! Hoping it is helpful- I would like to toss out some tips and lessons learned so your first art show is a wonderful, memorable experience.
First up...and a biggie-LIGHTING! Oh my gosh...this is a must! Galleries of course understand this and are outfitted with the biggest and best- LIGHTING sells-don't take this lightly (pun not intended) ;). Visit the venue your art will show in at different times of day/evening---is it natural light? Fluorescent? Full Spectrum? And so on. If the lighting is not sufficient to really make your painting "pop"...it must be addressed. Either you or your host venue will have to furnish additional lighting. There are little flexible lights... called "Mighty Lights" and larger lights-ML-19 JSL Super Wide Music Stand LIght- which might work for you. Make certain the clamp on these lights fit your frames. Also note the later light has a "bluish LED" light which might or might not taint your painting colors. The Mighty Lights are a "Cleaner, brighter, whiter" light but the clamps may not work on larger frame widths. These are in the 20.00ish price range. Do some internet shopping for the best deals---note these are from the music/orchestra lighting area. Also know you will probably only use these when YOU are there to turn them on---may just be your opening night...but, if a 20.00 light sells a 500.00 painting---I consider that to be a good investment!
Take a minute to read the just posted interview of the month-Enid Wood.
Wonderful interview--thank you Enid!
An exceptionally good 3 minutes with Gabor Svagrik. If you wonder whether to include those foreground grasses in front of water or how to jazz up a flat horizon line, watch Gabor's video, How to avoid bad overlapping. Subscribe to his blog for great tips landscape tips.
How to sell your art: the biggest changes have been in the last 10 years, cycling from gallery representation only to online everything and individual contacts. The buzz word now for your personal contacts is your "tribe." Mark Edward Adams, featured writer for FASO, always writes practical, common sense information for the artist. If you want to sell, read his articles, The Long Tail of the Art World and Promoting your Work with No Money.
PSST Blog is written by Carolyn Hancock